One Incredible Evening: Six Hundred Performers and a Million Dreams

On Monday 26 June Chickenshed presented Dreams of Freedom- a powerful and inspirational celebration of children’s hopes for the future in a truly monumental performance at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Inspired by Amnesty International UK’s illustrated children’s book of the same name, Dreams of Freedom was the culmination of a two year project working with children across London gathering their thoughts, opinions, ideas and dreams to create a musical, theatrical and visual spectacular that demands human rights for everyone.

With over 600 children from state, independent and SEN schools across the City, together with members of Chickenshed’s Children Theatres and backed by a 100-strong Young Singers Choir, Dreams of Freedom was a kaleidoscope of music, song, dance and colour as children revealed their dreams for a better world.

We were delighted that the 9th Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, who provided many of the illustrations for the Dreams of Freedom book, joined 9 year old Jude Holland on stage to draw an illustrated commentary of the production. These remarkable and poignant images were projected on screens across The Royal Albert Hall throughout the performance.

Dreams of Freedom - a wonderfully life-affirming glimpse of a world that could be – if only we are ready to listen and dare to dream!

Amnesty UK's Nicky Parker tells us what inspired the Dreams of Freedom project.

Read more about some of the creative processes involved in the show.

Picture the Show: Amnesty UK talk to some of the cast and creative team ahead of the performance.